Cyber Security Thought Leaders Address Students at Exclusive University of San Diego Forum

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Cyber Security Thought Leaders Address Students at Exclusive University of San Diego Forum

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (MAY 7, 2019) — University of San Diego master’s degree students recently enjoyed a unique opportunity to hear from and mingle with influential cyber security thought leaders. The keynote address explored the San Diego area’s emergence as a global leader in the cyber security industry.

As high-profile cyber security attacks and data breaches continue to dominate the headlines, USD has aligned with key industry stakeholders to further its mission of providing cutting-edge education to current and future generations of cyber security leaders and engineers.

The annual Spring Cyber Security Mixer, held on campus at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, brought together students, faculty and a select group of industry leaders including:

  • Andy Haass, Chief Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Scott Handley, Manager of Talent Acquisition, Sentek Global
  • Oleg Yusim, Senior Manager of Product Security/IT, Edwards Lifesciences
  • Angela Winn, FBI Special Agent & Recruiter for the San Diego region
  • Ed Lazarski, Assistant Director of Cybersecurity, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)

The keynote address, delivered by Kenneth D. Slaght, a retired U.S. Naval rear admiral who is now president of the San Diego Cyber Center Of Excellence (CCOE), offered an insightful look at the region’s status as one of the nation’s leading cyber security hot spots.

With its strong military presence, world-class academic institutions, business incubators and some 150 firms focused on cyber security, the San Diego region has emerged as a leader in cyber security technology and services.

The exclusive cyber security networking mixers for students and invited guests are hosted each semester by the University of San Diego’s highly regarded on-campus Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering and its innovative online Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership.


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